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Eccentric Orbit: Creation Of The Humanoids

Welcome back to our exploration of the Massachusetts based progressive rock band Eccentric Orbit. I recently reviewed their excellent 2003 debut album Attack Of the Martians, and now its time for their sophomore effort titled Creation Of The Humanoids, released in 2014.

Playing on the album are:

Bill Noland (bass)
Madeleine Noland (wind synth and keyboards)
Mark Cella (drums)
Rick Landwehr (drums)
Tom Benson (violin, guitar synth, MandoBot)

Like the first album, the sci-fi themes continue, and the music reflects this futuristic landscape, loaded with analog synths like Moog and Mellotron, but also a heavy dosage of electric violin and mandolin. On the first track “Breaking Osiris”, the music drips with Mellotron and then the soundscape thickens with violin, right out of ancient Egypt. The exotic mood continues throughout the entire piece, as heavy prog breaks out with outstanding keyboard work and Noland’s rumbling bass tones. “Stellar Attraction” features layers of winding synths and Benson’s fabulous violin, creating a hectic pace, almost frantic by design, with Noland’s ever-present bass being a huge part of the band’s sound.

On the title track, Noland’s growling bass and waves of Mellotron and Moog lead into a great groove with the bass and synths creating an ultra heavy sound. The music follows different paths, heavy and lighter grooves, and wondrous band interplay through the song’s nineteen plus minutes. The heavy “Marilyn Monrobot” features stabs of Moog and a big rhythmic groove, but softer parts as well, and even some cool jamming on the keyboards.

Creation Of The Humanoids is another fantastic effort from Eccentric Orbit. Prog fans can only hope there is another album in the band’s future.

Track Listing:
1. Breaking Osiris (7:04)
2. Stellar Attraction (5:38)
3. Creation Of The Humanoids (19:38)
i. Atomic War
ii. Rise Of The Robots
iii. The Order Of Flesh And Blood
iv. In Rapport
v. Perfect Machines
4. Marilyn Monrobot (5:07)
5. By Air Express To Venus (9:32)

Added: March 4th 2023
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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